My friend is right, I am righter

September 20, 2008

Jelena is right. Papers are much healthier outside of the United States and their future is bright. But, and you knew there was going to be one of those, that is in the forseeable future.

The American newspaper industry knew that the media was changing in the 70’s. But they thought they were smart enough and strong enough to direct the changes to their favor. Right up until the bottom started falling out of everything the confidence of newspapers was evident in how derisively they treated those who suggested that the internet might cause some changes in their business model.

Historically technology changes culture. Think of all the cultures that were centered on the horse. Those who believe they are not influenced by what goes on in the rest of the world are the ones who usually have to go through a lot of self-inflicted suffering before they re-learn this lesson. 

Hopefully those outside the United States and Great Britian will learn from our faliures and what ever comes from the chaos we are entering.